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defenses of the nsa surveillance has been that congress authorized and therefore it's legal. in fact, that's been a bipartisan defense since the news first broke that the nsa had drastically expanded its power. >> what is clear from this information released by the dni is that each of these programs is authorized by law. >> -- overseen by congress and the courts and subject to ongoing and rigorous oversight. >> i'm glad the nsa is trying to figure out what terrorists are up to overseas and outside the country. >> what you've got is two programs that were originally authorized by congress, have been repeatedly authorized by congress, bipartisan majorities have approved them, congress is continually briefed on how these are conducted. there are a whole range of safeguards involved. and federal judges are overseeing the entire program throughout. >> but we just learned that's actually not quite true. a new bomb shell "new york times" story demolishes this court offense of the nsa's expanded spying program. turns out a secret court ruled two years ago that system of these new spying tactics we
. >>> the leaks keep on coming. today "the washington post" published a secret internal audit revealing the nsa violated privacy rules thousands of times. that was just over a one-year period. this comes just a week after the president promised new steps to protect the public and make surveillance programs more transparent. according to the documents obtained by "the post," the audit found more than 2700 violations. the agency claims that number is above average and blames a change in technology for the problems. okay. meanwhile, the white house so far has declined to comment on this newest report, but we're told they were aware of it prior to be its publication. you know who is ready to comment on it? our friend perry bacon, political editor for "the grio." when i look at these leaks from snowden and the national conversation and the nsa forced to say we're going to make changes, haven't really made that many changes, but they're forced to say we're going to make change, we're going to put our cards on the table, as well as 90% of the private contractors, people who do what edward snowden used
's decision to grant nsa leaker edward snowden asylum. so are we headed toward a modern-day cold war between these two? >> i was disappointed because, you know, even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a lawbreaker or an alleged lawbreaker in their country. there have been times where they slipped back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. what i consistently say to them and what i say to president putin is that's the past. you know e we've got to think about the future. >> mean tiemt, many are expecting more revelations from snowden related to u.s. surveillance programs. administration officials say those very programs helped uncover this latest terror threat, a potential al qaeda plot in the middle east. about a dozen and a half u.s. embassies and consulates are still closed, a precaution taken in response to that intelligence. critics of the government secrecy says the reports of this plot say snowden's leaks are adding transparency without undermining the successful spying operations. in his first public comme
behind some of these decisions to be released along with new information directly from the nsa, which is intended to give an operator's manual for what the nsa does and try to fill in some of the gaps. officials say there's been too much confusion and con flags with the leaks, understanding what these programs have been about. they hope to kind of lead the way by clearing up some of this. whatever they do disclose will be scrutinized. congress will certainly have its say when they get back in the fall. but these are going to be issues that will not eeasily go away because of the needs national security-wise and the sort of new-world questions it brings about because of the technology we all live with now. >> absolutely. all right, kelly o'donnell. please stay with us. let's bring in josh farrow. obviously, the national security issues kelly was just mentioning are probably going to be leading this press conference, but the president has been out on a campaign-style tour touting his jobs plans, both on housing and more broadly. how much do we expect to hear here today about economics?
the terror warnings as a way to divert attention away from other issues, particularly the nsa leaks. are they right, or is the administration simply responding to threats that actually exist? >> well, i think the obama administration has a fair amount more credibility. the bush problem was this ridiculous orange, red, yell, orange, red, yellow and making a big deal about that every day, which the obama people properly abandoned. look, you have to react to what the intelligence is finding. the intelligence clearly gave a credible warning. if you don't react to that and you're the president of the united states, then the death of americans is on your shoulders. so of course he's going to react. of course he's going to close embassies if he feels they're at risk. the most ridiculous thing about the republican posturing is after all the fuss they put up about benghazi, you'd be suspecting maybe they'd support the president when he tried to make sure that didn't happen again. >> well, and it's not necessarily a partisan issue. i mean, if you look at the recent polls, there are skeptics o
has changed position here. remember, when the guardian newspaper first. exposed the nsa was conducting millions more searches than it told congress, the president insisted there was nothing wrong with the program. first he said the nsa had already achieved the right balance. >> on balance, you know, we have established a process and a procedure that the american people should feel comfortable about. but when you actually look at the details, then i think we've struck the right balance. >> second, even though reports show the nsa was sketly ducking the rules, the president told us the court and its judges had it covered. >> we also have federal judges that we put in place who are not subject to political pressure. >> and third, president obama said the programs were sufficiently transparent, in fact, when asked if government should explain the new authorities which it had expanded without any public debate at the time, president obama said the court was transparent enough. >> should this be transparent in some way? >> it is transparent. that's why we set up the fisa court. >> so accordi
to discuss concerns about the nsa's top secret surveillance programs. the group of about a half dozen top intelligence lawmakers include outspoken opponents. according to a white house offici official, it's important for congress to hear from the president directly including some of the program's most prominent critics. >>> and from the news cycle to the spin cycle, the controversy that was sparked by the secret surveillance program has now left a moscow airport. after 39 days in limbo he was finally granted asylum in russia. not everyone is happy about this. >> we are extremely disappointed that the russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful requests. >> mr. snowden's actions have hurt the ability of our country to protect our citizens and i would hope that president obama would engage president putin on this issue and resolve it in a way that's satisfactory to the american people. >> the move now raises questions about the fate of the president's 34r57bd bilateral meeting with russian president putin set for next month. that is the topic of our spin cycle
can attach -- >> who doesn't? >> whoa. get the nsa on this man. >> he seems so normal. >> arrest him immediately. >> one of them is $700. you can attach a go-procame cam to it and fly it hundreds of feet in the air. the idea that someone like me can go buy one of these things -- you can buy one, too, right now and attach a camera to it and fly around with very little practice. it's pretty compelling and really changes the game. it makes for those film makers that you're talking about, you can get a helicopter tracking shot for the cost of a couple hundred bucks rather than the thousands of dollars it would cost to hire somebody for a day. >> that's incredibly creepy. thank you very much. you're not creepy, but the idea of drones randomly in the air, you don't know where they are, creepy. sorry. glen, we're glad you were here. >>> up next, almost back to school time. if you think the cost of tuition has gotten bad, wait until you see which necessity has shot up 800%. read them and weep. it starts with little things. tiny changes in the brain. little things anyone can do. it steals you
that nsa information and then sought refuge outside the country. so there's a deep concern that because many feel that this country in part relies on leaks to reveal any wrongdoing or misgivings within our government that this trial alone and some very aggressive prosecutions by the obama administration are going to dry up leaks about u.s. wrongdoing. >> thanks so much for joining us. we appreciate it. >> you bet. >> joining us now is bradley manning's friend. he's the former spokesman for the bradley manning support network. thanks for joining us. as you know, the country has been extremely divided on manning's case. just to give people a sense, a recent poll shows only 13% say manning should not be sentenced to prison at all. more responders agreed that manning was in the wrong, not necessarily a traitor, but they're incredibly divided on the number of years they think he should serve in prison. i'm curious, zach, what your response is from the verdict today. >> well, i think, you know, in light of the tremendous amount of time that he was facing -- you know, initially upwards of over
that vote would look like. the nsa vote that we saw and how close that vote was, you know, this strain of sort of national security isolationists, some people would call them, both in the left and the right, it would be a tough vote. pelosi and boehner would have to be working together to drum up support for the president. oh, by the way, it would delay any potential action. if you believe you've got to do this in a certain period of time to save lives because you're trying to make sure he doesn't use chemical weapons again, then you're sort of defeating the purpose of the quick action. >> ayman, as george mentioned, the arab league has now officially blamed assad for the chemical weapons attack. this is the same arab league that suspended syria from the arab league in 2011. what impact, if any, is this going to have? >> reporter: well, it's one of those statements that you kind of have the wiggle room to interpret the way you want. one, the statement that came out of the arab league was at the ambassadorial level. some of its closest allies, including lebanon, did not vote. it also pr
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